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Traditional Chinese Energy, Pain & Stress Management 

By |January 9th, 2018|Acupuncture, Mental Clarity, Pain and Fatigue, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

Q & A with Evelyn Cho, RMT, R.Ac

Meet Evelyn! She is a new acupuncturist at Innate Wellness. She brings a great balance to our acupuncture practice with a background as a Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist. She blends the two therapies but only offers acupuncture sessions at Innate Wellness. Her knowledge gives her a great edge in the treatment of chronic fatigue, chronic pain and chronic stress. We sat down to ask her a few tips about managing these conditions with acupuncture. Evelyn practices on Wednesdays at our High Park location. Call the front desk to book an appointment!

What is your focus in your acupuncture practice?
My main focus is chronic pain and fatigue.  I have worked as a Massage therapist for 10 years, so I have a lot of experience treating acute injuries, repetitive strains, and trauma from sports or accidents.  Recently, I’ve turned my attention to chronic pain or fibromyalgia, which doesn’t always have an obvious cause or progression.  The combination of massage therapy and acupuncture work very well together to alleviate pain and improve energy levels.  In addition, I’ve worked with a lot of fertility cases, headaches/migraines, and facial rejuvenation.

Can acupuncture be used to improve energy & motivation? 
It sure can! Many find the cold months very challenging, moods are depressed and energy is lower.  It’s usually helpful to make a few lifestyle and dietary tweaks in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. I usually recommend a course of 10 weekly treatments to make a major shift, but people usually notice significant improvement by 5-6 treatments.

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Prevention Acupuncture

By |January 9th, 2018|Acupuncture, Cold and Flu Season, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|0 Comments

By Xianmin Yu, R.Ac

Have you considered starting off the year with some acupuncture? Preventative acupuncture treatment is one way to prevent illness throughout the year.

What is prevention treatment?

The conception of prevention has been raised in the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) classic more than 2000 years ago. This prevention treatment idea is composed of two important meanings. First, it stresses the important notion of dealing with any potential or foreseeable illness by applying acupuncture, moxa, herbs in advance on your healthy bodies to prevent them from taking place. Second, it stresses an important notion of stopping the existing illness from transforming and transporting to other parts of your bodies by applying TCM treatment methods.

A metaphor that could be used here is to prepare weapons ready before the war starts. […]

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Homeopathy for Cold and Flu Season

By |January 9th, 2018|Cold and Flu Season, Homeopathy|0 Comments

By Quinn McCutcheon, Hom

With the winter months, comes cold weather, and with that comes cold and flu season. Cold and flu viruses thrive with less humidity and in cold weather. When this season is in effect, think Homeopathy. Homeopathy helps assist the body to relieve symptoms and support the immune system to return back to optimal health.

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Nutrition Advice That Will Never Change

By |January 9th, 2018|Cardiovascular Health, Detoxification/Cleanse, Digestion, Nutrition|0 Comments

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Are you considering a new diet for 2018? You may want to reconsider. A lot of diets restrict nutrients, which are essential for bodily function or increase nutrients that are unhealthy in high amounts over long periods of time. Health is found in balance, not restriction (although balance can sometimes feel like restriction!) The perfect place to start is with the macronutrients: Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates. Learning how to balance macronutrients will get you on the path to feeling better in 2018!

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Cold & Flu Prevention Packages

By |November 14th, 2017|Cold and Flu Season|0 Comments

Managing the Cold & Flu naturally is about prevention and quick acute care at the first sign of illness. It helps to be prepared with these cold & flu packaged waiting in your medicine cabinet. PreOrder your supplement packages ahead of time with us and receive 15% off.

Prevention Package

Deep Immune Herbal Tincture 250 ml
Unda Muccoccinum
Chaga Blend or NFH Mushroom Blend

Acute Care Package

First Defence Herbal Tincture 250 ml
Douglas Labs Zinc Lozenge
Viriditas gargle or NFH Ascorbatate
Innate Wellness Botanicals Cold & Flu Tea

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Important Tips for Cold & Flu Prevention

By |November 14th, 2017|Cold and Flu Season, ND Editorial, Self Care|0 Comments

By Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

This is the time of year that many of my patients ask about cold & flu prevention. With the holidays on the horizon the pace of life, pressure and late nights are increasing, which can increase your chances of getting sick. There is a lot that you can do to help defend yourself from getting sick and if you do get sick, help to lessen the duration and severity of the symptoms.

There are two categories to address when it comes to cold’s & flu’s:

1) Prevention is the stage that we keep the immune system strong in order to prevent getting sick.

2) Acute Care is the stage that you have the opportunity to nip it in the bud and avoid a long, drawn-out illness! We begin treatment at the first sign of getting sick. […]

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Cranberry Roasted Chicken Recipe

By |November 14th, 2017|Nutrition, Recipes|0 Comments

By Liane Wansbrough, Holistic Nutritionist

Cranberries typically make an appearance at the dinner table during the holidays in the form of sauce. Yet the berries, which come packed with great health benefits, can definitely serve as more than just a side dish. In season from September to December, you can find inexpensive fresh or frozen cranberries at most supermarkets. While the berries have lots of vitamin C and fiber, their high polyphenol content can also dial down inflammatory pathways, making them a great addition to any diet.

Roasted cranberries add a bright burst of flavour that lends well to meat, poultry, vegetables and salads. Roasting makes use of the entire berry as opposed to cranberry juice, which doesn’t include skin or flesh. […]

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Blocked Ducts: A Common Breastfeeding Challenge

By |October 17th, 2017|Post Natal Care, Self Care, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

By: Taya Griffin, IBCLC – Taya Griffin is a Toronto Based International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She prepares mothers for their breastfeeding journey in the prenatal period and provides in- home and hospital postpartum breastfeeding support. She can be reached at www.tayagriffin.com. 

The breastfeeding breast is amazing!  Indications of the first changes it will go through begin as early as weeks into pregnancy. Breasts can feel tender and sore, the areola may darken and the Montgomery tubercles around the areola may become more raised. Many mothers also begin to see a crust-like formation on the nipples. This crusting is a minute amount of colostrum which is seeping out ever so slowly and drying on the tip of the nipple.

Milk production doesn’t truly begin until the placenta is delivered. The progesterone and estrogen levels drop and milk production begins. After the milk has transitioned from colostrum to more mature milk, in and around the seventy two hour mark, one of the most common issues with breastfeeding breasts that I see as a Lactation Consultant (after sore nipples and low milk supply of course!) is blocked ducts.  […]

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Self-Breast Examination

By |October 17th, 2017|Post Natal Care, Self Care, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

By: Dr. Angelina Riopel, ND

Self-breast examinations are a very important part of self-care, as women need to know what normal is so they can detect changes in the quality of their breast tissue.

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

John Hopkins medical center

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?

“Normal” breast tissue will vary between women and change throughout the month due to the menstrual cycle. Note what your breast tissue feels like during the different stages of your cycle, as breast tissue is sensitive to hormonal fluctuations and can lead to breast tissue changes.

Important changes to note and if any of the following are observed please seek medical evaluation:

New lumps. Most breast lumps are not cancerous but should be examined by a medical professional for evaluation.
Changes, irritation or redness in the breast tissue, skin and nipple
Dimpling or thickening of the breast skin
Discharge from the nipple

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Nutrition for Healthy Breasts

By |October 17th, 2017|ND Editorial, Nutrition, Women's Wellness|0 Comments

By: Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

It is not a stretch to say that health begins with what you eat. This is true of breast health and hormonal health in general. Changes in breast tissue from benign cysts to breast cancer have been linked to estrogen balance within the body or “estrogen dominance”.

“Estrogen dominance” is a term used to describe a high ratio of estrogen to progesterone or just globally high estradiol (one of the three types of possible estrogen). Estrogen dominance has been linked to many different types of women’s health issues besides breast health including PMS symptoms, menopausal symptoms, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, allergies, decreased libido, fatigue, fibrocystic breasts, headaches, infertility, irritability, and fat gain around the abdomen and on the top of the thighs. In addition, studies have shown a well-established link between excess estrogen and breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical dysplasia.

The good news is that hormones are affected by nutrition. Modifying specific dietary and lifestyle habits can help to keep hormones balanced! The following list includes nutrition habits that negatively impact healthy estrogen balance and healthy breasts. […]